Category Archives: Faith

Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Cover)

A month ago I wrote about Matt Maher and his new song “Because He Lives”.

I’m thrilled to share our rendition of the song; a powerful proclamation of the life that we have because of Jesus.

This cover features Joseph San Jose, Monica Lou Ponce, and Marion Cheah. I’m impressed by their talent and musicianship, but more importantly by their faithfulness and humility.

I hope you enjoy listening and watching this as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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How I Know God’s Building

sd14aLast Friday night, I had the opportunity to address 150 of our Spirit Day volunteers at their orientation prior to the big event on Saturday and Sunday.  The majority of these volunteers were in grades 10, 11, and 12.

“How many of you went to Spirit Day as a grade 7 student?” I asked.

I’d guess that 75% – 80% of the students raised their hands.

I continued, “So why are you volunteering this weekend?”

“To give back,” one student replied.

“So the grade 7s can experience the same joy that I did when I attended,” answered another.

“To make new friends.”

“To share my gifts.”

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Matt Maher – Because He Lives

Name drop alert: most people know that I’m friends with Christian songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher.  Mind you, we’re not best friends, but we’re friends nonetheless.  He answers my texts once in a while, so in my book, we’re friends. :p

He’s my favourite worship leader for many reasons.  Ever since I met him in 1995, I’ve been impressed by his talent, his faithfulness, and his humility.  He’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.

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Spirit Day 2014 Promo Video: “God’s Building”

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2014 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 8 and 9 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “God’s Building”. Each of us is God’s building with Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone. At Spirit Day, we’ll be exploring how God’s spirit lives within us and how God is building us up to be strong witnesses of our faith.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music.

“Your Love” written and performed by the Jacob and Matthew Band, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Video created by Chris Estrella.

For more info and to register, visit http://www.oyyam.com

 

The Culmination of my #Roadto40: Looking Back at my 30s

40 shirtYesterday I turned 40 years old and thus it was the culmination of my #Roadto40 that I started exactly 5 months ago in January.  In that blog post, I said that “My short-term goal is to lose 10 to 15 pounds.  My long-term goal is to hit my 40th birthday in June much healthier.”

I’m happy to say that I’ve lost the weight that I wanted to and I’m eating better and exercising regularly…thanks to Craig and his team of trainers at Precision Athletics.  We have less junk food in the house now, which is really good for the kids.  I still need to get better with my sleeping habits; it’s admittedly a hard habit to change given that I’ve been a night owl since my high school days.

I had a lot of time to reflect this past weekend.  Not just on the last 5 months, but the last decade overall.  I think reflecting is a natural thing to do (especially when hitting certain milestones such as a 40th birthday) and thus I’d like to share with you what I believe are 5 of the most prominent memories of my thirties (ranging from June 2004 to June 2014).

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